The development process of upcoming SBS weekend drama The Time I Loved You is the very definition of a rough ride. The PD leaving and then returning, the original scriptwriter getting swapped out for a replacement duo, things were already looking dire even before the release of the first teaser landed the production in its latest mess for plagiarizing the concept from another work. This strikes me less as a real problem than the first two, the bigger worry is SBS doesn’t have the controls in place to check stylistic concepts against prior works whereas the earlier issues could herald a poorly directed and/or written drama.
SBS acted fast against the plagiarism blowback, pulling the now confirmed unoriginal first teaser and replacing it with two new character-driven teasers featuring leads Ha Ji Won and Lee Jin Wook doing their own thing. I am still looking forward to the drama as much as I have been but I really don’t like these teasers. Ha Ji Won’s version is way too cute in a way that doesn’t work with her style while Lee Jin Wook’s is pretty pointless since a dude shooting hoops until he collapses of exhaustion doesn’t tell me anything. On the upside, these teasers are so forgettable it’s sure to be an original concept that no one else has wanted to try before.
New character teasers for The Time I Loved You: